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Please help with 1970’s Mustang Specials

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I know Ford made different Mach 1 specials in 1970’s.
Twister and Sidewinder as I recall. But have you heard about Dearborn Special? I can’t find any info about it in internet. Only info we have is in the papers witch we recived when we purchesed the car.
I would be very grateful if anyone can help me with that 🙂
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I don't believe Ford would have released any mustang "Special Edition", even a regional one, with a restrictive name like "Dearborn" on it. Not even "Woodward" or "Motown" would have flown. Think about it. The specials all had wide appeal names, "California", "High Country", "Ski Country", "Twister", etc. Maybe there was such a thing, but it would really surprise me. It's more likely such a promotion would have been done by a single southeastern Michigan dealership going rogue with some fluff graphics and maybe a dealer added rear spoiler or something. Dealerships have always been all about add-ons, anything to boost profit. No, if Ford had had a hand in such a thing it would have been called a "Great Lakes Special", and even that doesn't sing.
I'm from that neck of the woods, and the unofficial name for a car there was "Rust Belt Special".


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I know Ford made different Mach 1 specials in 1970ís.

I have never heard of any kind of Mach 1 special. Ford did build some special editions but they did not start with a Mach 1 and modify it.
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"But have you heard about Dearborn Special? I canít find any info about it in internet. Only info we have is in the papers witch we recived when we purchesed the car.
I would be very grateful if anyone can help me with that"

It's phony. Someone just got creative with some graphics on the rear quarter of the car. Also, Based on your cars external Trim, Your car IS NOT a 1970 Mach 1 either.

Someone just painted your car and added graphics like the "Twister Special" The graphics/decal package is readily available.

Your car looks just like a "Plain Jane" sportsroof. A "Real" Mach 1, has Mach 1 Lower Trim....Basically, Your car is just a "Twister Special" wannabe clone that someone got creative with.

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In 1970, the VIN will indicate if it's a Mach 1. If your car is a Mach 1, the 3rd and 4th digits of the VIN will be "05". Likely, your VIN has a "02" which means it's a 2 Door Fastback.

It's pretty apparent a previous owner installed Mach 1 hood latches, painted the car and added Twister Special stripes with a custom "The Dearborn Special" decal on the back. Sorry, but it's not a factory or dealer thing and its unlikely your car is a Mach 1.

What engine does your car have? The fifth digit of the VIN will indicate the factory engine. Likely it's an "F" for 302 2V.

Thanks for sharing. Looks like a nice car.

Currently working on a 1970 Mach 1 project. See it here: http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/vi...ode-build.html

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The Vin starts with 0F05H. Official papers say its a Match 1.
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Mach 1 😂 not Match. Sorry
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I have never heard of any kind of Mach 1 special. Ford did build some special editions but they did not start with a Mach 1 and modify it.
Not sure if this is what you meant, but the Twisters were Mach 1's.



"Based on the already powerful Mach 1, the Twister Special added a drag pack suspension and either a Super Cobra Jet Ram Air engine or the new 351ci Cleveland V8"
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These papers and "official papers" are going to need to be original dealership papers before any acknowledgement is made of it. At a minimum might be an advertisement from the day listing options and a Marti listing the correct selling dealer.
I personally wouldn't doubt it with the dozens of other "Specials" but its hard to think it wasn't "discovered" before.

Ive never seen this one either-
Do some research beyond the interwebs, like in that old socialist building where they house all the old newspapers and books. Go through every paper from the town and around the months it was sold. You might get your own page in the next book

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The Vin starts with 0F05H. Official papers say its a Match 1.
OK. The VIN confirms it's a Mach 1 which came from the factory with a 351 Cleveland 2V or, if it's an early 1970, it may have come with a 351 Windsor 2V. A Marti Report will specify this. It's really weird that someone removed the Mach 1 aluminum rocker panels and filled in the holes. That's too bad because those aren't reproduced and getting a replacement set will cost over $1,000 with chrome and fasteners. Does your car have the honeycomb taillight panel? That was part of the Mach 1 package.

I don't know to which "official papers" you are referring, but the only thing that matters is a window sticker or Marti report. Anything else can be suspect. By all means, let us know what you have and we can try to figure out what's going on.

In case you're wondering if your car has extra value beyond being a Mach 1 H-Code, that would be a tough sell. Collectors and enthusiasts wouldn't know anything about "The Dearborne Special" and therefore wouldn't be willing to pay anything extra. That is, unless you were able to dupe someone and, well, that's just not cool. Unfortunately, the missing Mach 1 rocker panels lower the value.

Currently working on a 1970 Mach 1 project. See it here: http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/vi...ode-build.html

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Just ordered deluxe Marti report. Thanks for the info about that. That will answer all our questions hopefully 🙂
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"It's really weird that someone removed the Mach 1 aluminum rocker panels and filled in the holes. "

Not really.... Have you seen the prices of 1970 Mach 1 Trim lately?!??

Any "Real" restorer would have put the Mach 1 trim back... so this car was probably someone's "quick flip" at one time to make a quick sale...because the seller did not want to incur the cost of the correct Mach 1 Trim.

If its a REAL Mach 1, Then the Mach 1 Trim should be added back. No question. ......otherwise you're really cheapening the car and people will think that the car is not a real Mach 1.

Do yourself a favor and buy a Deluxe or Elite Marti Report if you really care about the car.

What Original Paperwork do you have from the car!?? Window Sticker?? Dealer Invoice... Ownercard Build Sheet?!? Original Owner's Manual....

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Obviously the Twister Special did start life as a Mach 1. I don't understand why Ford would take a Mustang that already had Mach 1 labels on it, add more Mach 1 labels and then add a Twister Special label. Seems pretty confusing to me.
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"Obviously the Twister Special did start life as a Mach 1. I don't understand why Ford would take a Mustang that already had Mach 1 labels on it, add more Mach 1 labels and then add a Twister Special label. Seems pretty confusing to me."

It was just something to keep the Kansas City Ford Dealers happy......and it turned out to be a great decal package too.... One of my favorites..

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